Playtime with Bruce

December 1, 2017

Written by Sue Keenan - Julia's House Playmaker

I have been involved with Bruce and his lovely family for several years now and it is always a delight to spend time with him, his family and his carers. I will never forget one of my early sessions when Bruce had his very first seizure before I had even had the chance to begin playtime with him. The bravery and calmness of his Mummy when she returned home to find the Paramedics already in her house  was nothing short of incomprehensible  and the skill and professionalism of the carers with him at the time I am still in awe of today.

We have come such a long way since then, and linking with his school programme and exercises recommended by his attendance at the Bobath centre we have moved through several play plans and little Bruce continues to surprise us all daily.

We have focussed our plans not only on communication but on things that Bruce absolutely loves to do and can take control of. He rewards us with a gorgeous smile and his lovely vocalisations that let us know quite clearly if he wants more … or equally important, when he wants to finish.


He reaches up to play the chimes to musical tracks , and one of his favourite songs and activities at the moment is to the song “Mr Bippety Boppety Bruce “! This includes moving sensory toys to different parts of his body , his hands, legs , feet …. And Bruce reacting by letting us know exactly where he wants it and what he prefers. When Bruce laughs joy cascades around the room …. He truly does define the word PLAY on all levels.

I literally skip to his play sessions … and I have it on good authority that his carers all skip home afterwards!

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